Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007)
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Norval Morrisseau, (March 14, 1932 – December 4, 2007), also known as Copper Thunderbird, was a self taught Indigenous Canadian artist. Known as the "Picasso of the North", Morrisseau created works depicting the legends of his people, the cultural and political tensions between native Canadian and European traditions, his existential struggles, and his deep spirituality and mysticism. His style is characterized by thick black outlines and bright colours. He founded the Woodlands School of Canadian art and was a prominent member of the “Indian Group of Seven”.
In 2005 and 2006, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa organized a retrospective of his work. This was the first time that the Gallery dedicated a solo exposition to a native artist.